moloi, noun

Sotho, seTswanaShow more Sotho and seTswana, from loya bewitch.
In the context of Sotho and Tswana society: a wizard, a practitioner of evil magic. See also boloyi, witchdoctor.
1871 J. Mackenzie Ten Yrs N. of Orange River 388There is a certain amount of suspicion connected with the word ‘ngaka’ (doctor, sorcerer); but when the super-human power is supposed to be brought into requisition for an evil purpose,..the man is called a ‘moloi’ (wizard). But the wizard is always a doctor, and his crime is that he turns his knowledge to evil purposes...‘The baloi’ (the wizards) is an expression often used to frighten naughty children by the Bamangwato mothers.
1960 C. Hooper Brief Authority 251Pamphlets appeared in the village. Written in Tswana, they implied that anybody who continued to patronise the white merchant might expect death by lightning, and they further alleged that..the shopkeeper was a moloi, a wizard.
1976 B. Head in Quarry ’76 14The baloi are troubling us. The baloi are those people with a bad heart. No one openly walks around with the mark of the baloi, so we don’t know who they are.
c1976 H. Flather Thaba Rau 157The Basuto the moloi, whose purpose is to kill the enemies of his clan or his chief. Some of them believe that the first duty of the moloi is to kill one of his own relations.
a wizard, a practitioner of evil magic.
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